With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
Today we’ll look at a recipe that uses a lot of fruit. Let us introduce to you, “Tororo’s plum and cucumber rolled sushi.”
・Boiled rice – 2 bowls
・Laver（seaweed） – 3 sheets
・Sliced cheese – 3 slices
・Plums and cucumbers – a few
・Pasta – 2 sticks
・Cookie cutter – can be bought at a home center
2：Spread some saran wrap on a cutting board. Lay the laver on the wrap and spread one bowl of rice evenly over the laver, leaving the top section of the laver with no rice on it so that it will be easy to roll up. Put a slice of cucumber, cut in one-fourth, on the rice along with the plum.
3：Roll the laver up putting the rolled edge on the bottom. Wrap the roll with saran wrap so that the roll will stick together.
☆We will put the sliced cheese on the roll later so be sure to cool this roll so that it doesn’t melt the cheese.
4：Cut the sliced cheese with a toothpick to make the mouth. I recommend using one edge of the cheese to make a half-moon shape. By laying the toothpick downward when you cut the cheese, you will be able to make a clean cut. Next, cut out the stomach part and the other parts shown in the step 6 photo.
5：Using the cookie cutter, cut out the stomach pattern parts and the parts for the eyes.
6：Nose → diamond shape Ears → tear drop shape
Using the cookie cutter, cut the laver so that it is a smaller than the cheese you cut out in step 4. Next, cut thin strips of laver to make the pattern shown in the photo. On the cheese for the stomach lay the circular laver strips as shown in the photo.
7：Make a thin slice of cucumber and using the cookie cutter cut out the leaf to put on the top of Tororo’s head.
8：Place the various body parts on the cooled sushi roll taking care to make a balanced character. For the whiskers use the sticks of boiled pasta. (Note how this was done in Purin-chan – Milk Pudding)
Voila! Totoro’s plum and cucumber rolled sushi is now complete.
When it is hot it is easy to loose your appetite, but the sourness and fresh taste of the plum and cucumber in the rolled sushi will for sure to stimulate your appetite.
Kaori also invites you into her world of character-themed rice dishes in her recipe series! Please check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
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